Health Care Assistants thankful for bursary support

September 14, 2020

Twenty-three-year-old Shoshanna Fremont works the night shift as a Care Aide at a local long-term care home, a shift she loves as it gives her an opportunity to provide precious one-on-one time with residents who are up during the night. “When you get them a glass of water and take the time to hold their hand, especially when they can’t have many visitors, their entire mood changes,” says Fremont. “When I go home I take comfort that I took care of people today, I made them smile, or helped in whatever way I could.” Fremont is one of eight...

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Health Care Assistant students
College spotlights health care assistant training across the region

February 4, 2020

Amid surging demand for health care assistants (HCAs) across the Southern Interior, Okanagan College and Interior Health are spotlighting training opportunities in February. The College has intakes of its Health Care Assistant program starting in April at the Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm campuses. Those interested in learning more about the training and career opportunities can attend upcoming info sessions: Kelowna campus – Feb. 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Room E103 (E building), 1000 KLO Rd. Penticton campus – Feb. 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Roo...

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Evanishin, Denice

Last Name
Evanishin
First Name
Denice
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4410
Unlisted
No
Email
devanishin@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
137
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Headshot of Denise Evanishin
Bio

I graduated as Registered Nurses Assistant (RNA) in 1981, became an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1990 and have loved watching the nursing profession change over the years. The bulk of my career has been in small rural hospitals, community, long term care and in regulation. I am born and raised in B.C., lived in the Okanagan Valley since 1996 and cannot imagine living anywhere else.

Credentials
LPN, AVC
PIDP, VCC
Search Exclude
No

Gill, Nichola

Last Name
Gill
First Name
Nichola
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
ngill@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
137
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Search Exclude
No
Health Care Assistant Student
Future caregivers given boost by Central Okanagan Foundation

January 14, 2020

An organization that helps to inspire and facilitate a great deal of philanthropy in the Okanagan is supporting future caregivers by donating to the new Health Sciences Centre currently being built at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. The Central Okanagan Foundation is donating $28,000 from the Kelowna Home Support Society Fund towards the construction of the new Centre, which will educate Health Care Assistants, Nurses and Therapist Assistants, among other professions. Marliss Magas sat on the board of Kelowna Home Support Society that c...

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Department of Health Care Assistant

Experienced instructors teach students the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to work as direct care providers in any level of continuing care, including home support, adult day care, assisted living, complex care and acute care.

Program spotlight

The Health Care Assistant Certificate program trains students for a rewarding career in person-centred care that is also one of B.C.'s most in-demand professions.

Courses

Courses for the Health Care Assistant program include theoretical and laboratory components in the classroom, as well as supervised practicum in long-term care and community settings.

Instructors

Marliss Magas

Chair - Health Care Assistant
Office: Business Building 137
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4410
Marliss Magas Health Care Assistant Intructor

I have been an instructor at the college in the Health Care Assistant Program since January 2008. Supporting students and advocating for health care is a passion. I am a Registered Nurse and a member of the Gerontological Nurses Association of B.C. My nursing career has been focused in geriatrics as a nurse, administrator and instructor.

Credentials:
RN, PID

Krista Borsheim

Health Care Assistant
Office: Sunoka Building C09
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4534
Headshot of Krista Borsheim

As a nurse, I have a passion to care for people - and what could be a more fulfilling career than to have the opportunity to teach others how to do the same. I am very proud to be a part of the Health Care Assistant program here at Okanagan College.

Credentials:
BN, Nursing, University of Calgary

Denise Boudreau

Health Care Assistant
Office: Salmon Arm Building 005A
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4534

With the support of my wonderful family, I graduated from Okanagan College University in 2005. Shortly after graduation, I worked at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on the medical/surgical unit. I developed an interest in teaching nursing and, by 2008, accepted a position at Okanagan College. I have had the privilege of teaching both the Human Service Worker program and the Health Care Assistant program. Teaching is my passion and I teach to make a difference in the lives of students and the seniors we serve.

Credentials:
BSc, Nursing, OUC

Kelly Duffy

Health Care Assistant
Office: Salmon Arm Building 005A
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8214

Credentials:
LTCA, TRU (Cariboo College)
BScN, UVic (OUC)
PIDP Diploma
Teaching Certificate, VCC
Palliative Care with Victoria Hospice, LTCA 1986

Denice Evanishin

Health Care Assistant
Office: Business Building 137
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4410
Headshot of Denise Evanishin

I graduated as Registered Nurses Assistant (RNA) in 1981, became an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1990 and have loved watching the nursing profession change over the years. The bulk of my career has been in small rural hospitals, community, long term care and in regulation. I am born and raised in B.C., lived in the Okanagan Valley since 1996 and cannot imagine living anywhere else.

Credentials:
LPN, AVC
PIDP, VCC

Catherine Farrow

Health Care Assistant
Office: Business Building 133
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4396
Health Care Assistance STH - Cathy Farrow

I have been teaching in the Health Care Assistant Program since 2015, and continue to enjoy thoroughly every moment of it! A Registered Nurse by profession, I am registered with the BC College of Nursing Professionals, and am a member of the Gerontological Nurses’ Association of BC, Canadian Gerontological Nurses’ Association, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC, and Canadian Nurses’ Association. My initial nursing education was through Vancouver Community College, and I subsequently obtained a BSN and MSN through UBC Vancouver. I have a varied and extensive healthcare background, am passionate about geriatric care, and am committed to lifelong learning.

Credentials:
MSN, Nursing, UBC Vancouver
BSN, Nursing, UBC Vancouver
Registered Nurse

Nichola Gill

Health Care Assistant
Office: Business Building 137
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445

Paula Kohlman

Health Care Assistant
Office: Business Building 137
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4410
Health Care Assistance STH - Paula Kohlman

I am passionate in advocating for the health and wellness of our geriatric population. I have a background in caregiving prior to my RN role, and find my current role very rewarding. I enjoy learning and teaching at Okanagan College.

Credentials:
RN, BSN, UVIC

Jessica Milaney

Health Care Assistant
Office: Revelstoke Building 108D
Campus: Revelstoke
Phone: 250-837-4235 ext. 0

Jody Stone

Health Care Assistant
Office: Sunoka Building 009
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3252

Mallory Todd

Health Care Assistant
Office: Revelstoke Building 108D
Campus: Revelstoke
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 0

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Farrow, Catherine

Last Name
Farrow
First Name
Catherine
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4396
Unlisted
No
Email
cfarrow@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
133
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Health Care Assistance STH - Cathy Farrow
Bio

I have been teaching in the Health Care Assistant Program since 2015, and continue to enjoy thoroughly every moment of it! A Registered Nurse by profession, I am registered with the BC College of Nursing Professionals, and am a member of the Gerontological Nurses’ Association of BC, Canadian Gerontological Nurses’ Association, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC, and Canadian Nurses’ Association. My initial nursing education was through Vancouver Community College, and I subsequently obtained a BSN and MSN through UBC Vancouver. I have a varied and extensive healthcare background, am passionate about geriatric care, and am committed to lifelong learning.

Credentials
MSN, Nursing, UBC Vancouver
BSN, Nursing, UBC Vancouver
Registered Nurse
Department Display
Health Care Assistant
Search Exclude
No

Todd, Mallory

Last Name
Todd
First Name
Mallory
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Revelstoke Building
Campus
Revelstoke
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
0
Unlisted
No
Email
mtodd@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
108D
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
Search Exclude
No

Borsheim, Krista

Last Name
Borsheim
First Name
Krista
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Sunoka Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4534
Unlisted
No
Email
kborsheim@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
C09
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Headshot of Krista Borsheim
Bio

As a nurse, I have a passion to care for people - and what could be a more fulfilling career than to have the opportunity to teach others how to do the same. I am very proud to be a part of the Health Care Assistant program here at Okanagan College.

Credentials
BN, Nursing, University of Calgary
Department Display
Health Care Assistant
Search Exclude
No

Stone, Jody

Last Name
Stone
First Name
Jody
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Sunoka Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
3252
Unlisted
No
Email
jstone@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
009
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Search Exclude
No

Milaney, Jessica

Last Name
Milaney
First Name
Jessica
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Revelstoke Building
Campus
Revelstoke
Phone Number
250-837-4235
Extension
0
Unlisted
No
Email
jmilaney@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
108D
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Search Exclude
No

Kohlman, Paula

Last Name
Kohlman
First Name
Paula
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4410
Unlisted
No
Email
pkohlman@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
137
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Health Care Assistance STH - Paula Kohlman
Bio

I am passionate in advocating for the health and wellness of our geriatric population. I have a background in caregiving prior to my RN role, and find my current role very rewarding. I enjoy learning and teaching at Okanagan College.

Credentials
RN, BSN, UVIC
Search Exclude
No

Boudreau, Denise

Last Name
Boudreau
First Name
Denise
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4534
Unlisted
No
Email
dboudreau@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
005A
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Bio

With the support of my wonderful family, I graduated from Okanagan College University in 2005. Shortly after graduation, I worked at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on the medical/surgical unit. I developed an interest in teaching nursing and, by 2008, accepted a position at Okanagan College. I have had the privilege of teaching both the Human Service Worker program and the Health Care Assistant program. Teaching is my passion and I teach to make a difference in the lives of students and the seniors we serve.

Credentials
BSc, Nursing, OUC
Department Display
Health Care Assistant
Search Exclude
No

Rowlands, Tracy

Last Name
Noble
First Name
Tracy
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-832-2126
Extension
2377
Unlisted
No
Email
tnoble@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
171
Employee Group
CHR
Active
Yes
Bio

I graduated as a Registered Nurse in 2006. My experience includes working as a Post-Surgical Nurse and Educator at VJH, The Ambulatory Care Clinic in Salmon Arm, and have taught both the LPN and HCA Program here at Okanagan College. Currently, I am working full time in the HCA program. Working as a Healthcare Provider is a rewarding career and provides us with a special opportunity to connect and care for our clients.

Credentials
BSN, UBC Okanagan
Department Display
Chair - Health Care Assistant
Priority
1
Search Exclude
No

Duffy, Kelly

Last Name
Duffy
First Name
Kelly
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-832-2126
Extension
8214
Extension 2
8200
Unlisted
No
Email
kduffy@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
005A
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Credentials
LTCA, TRU (Cariboo College)
BScN, UVic (OUC)
PIDP Diploma
Teaching Certificate, VCC
Palliative Care with Victoria Hospice, LTCA 1986
Department Display
Health Care Assistant
Search Exclude
No

Magas, Marliss

Last Name
Magas
First Name
Marliss
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4410
Unlisted
No
Email
mmagas@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
137
Employee Group
CHR
Active
Yes
Marliss Magas Health Care Assistant Intructor
Bio

I have been an instructor at the college in the Health Care Assistant Program since January 2008. Supporting students and advocating for health care is a passion. I am a Registered Nurse and a member of the Gerontological Nurses Association of B.C. My nursing career has been focused in geriatrics as a nurse, administrator and instructor.

Credentials
RN, PID
Department Display
Chair - Health Care Assistant
Priority
1
Search Exclude
No
Staff Phone Unlisted
No
Staff Office Unlisted
No